Quick Byte: Navman Tracker 5600 Chart Plotter

At a street price of $999, the Navman Tracker 5600 appears to offer a lot of plotter for the money. This unit made its American debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February. The 5600 has a 6.4-inch diagonal quarter-VGA TFT display, which the company says is viewable in bright daylight. It was very bright inside under a powerful searchlight at the Miami show. The unit has an external antenna and runs C-MapNT+ cartography with Tide and Port Services data. Navman is a new player in the North American marine electronics market. The company was founded in New Zealand in 1987 and established itself as an original-equipment supplier for a variety of companies. The Navman trademark appeared in 1994, and four years later, the company developed its first "chip set GPS receiver. Navman USA, Inc., (603) 577-9600; fax (603) 577-4577; www.navman.com.